Best Headlamps 2017 – April – Buyer’s Guide | Headlamps101

Best Headlamps 2017 Buyer's GuideWant One of the World’s Best Headlamps for Work? Running? Hiking? Herping?
Chances are, you want the details about the headlamp you’re buying because you’re making a significant investment  in it. Inside this 2017 Headlamp Buyer’s Guide we have a lot of details and links to full reviews of the headlamps mentioned.

So you are in a GOOD PLACE! Let’s Get Started!

[Last Updated: 7 April 2017]

BEST HEADLAMPS 2017

We looked at the top criteria to figure out which are the best headlamps for 2017, and we put all the information for you below. If you don’t see a headlamp that you’re looking for, have a look at what we have listed here because we really think we’ve got the best of the best on this list!


1. Petzl Ultra Rush – Best Headlamp to Buy in 2017 (E52 H) for Work, Trekking, Herping

Petzl Ultra Rush Headlamp, the best headlamp 2017.
Stylish, and incredible light beam quality!

The best headlamp for most people who can afford it, will be this ultra-bright though manually controlled Petzl Ultra Rush headlamp. It is one of the newer technology lights on the market, and Petzl has over a 30 year history of creating original and quality headlamps. If you haven’t yet heard of this brand, you’re about to because they took five of our top spots on this list! We weren’t even sure whether to rank the ULTRA RUSH or the NAO+ PLUS as #1 because they’re both so good, but a little different, and a big difference in cost. Really – the RUSH is the best, unless you’re using it for running. So, we called the NAO+ Plus the best RUNNER’s Headlamp. 😛

The Ultra Rush really shines in situations that require constant lighting, with instant-on power on standby. Oil platform workers, and those working on wind farms, or others scaling heights to do their jobs – use this headlamp because, quite frankly – it just works, and it’s the best there is unless you have Petzl or some other top company custom-make the perfect headlamp for you.

In addition to professional uses, it just whacks the competition for battery life – giving 38 hours low-light use – perfect for construction work, camping, fishing, trekking, climbing volcanoes, etc. Because the Petzl Ultra Rush is built so solidly, and has two batteries in its ACCU 2 battery pack (E52 ACW), it is best for applications in which you’re not moving too fast. Meaning, horseback riding is going to bounce this headlamp all over your head.

You probably won’t want to run with it either, at least not fast. Some do anyway, because they want the quality of light this headlamp puts out. I read a review from a trail runner who ran his fastest time down the mountain with this headlamp because the light quality is amazing – it’s just heavier than most would prefer.

Ultra Rush Technology

The Ultra Rush is built very solidly. It’s tough. You won’t break it unless you launch it off the top of a mountain. I think if you fall on it, you’d have to hit it just right to crack one of the lenses on the front. They’re strong. The guy who established the brand, Ferdnand Petzl was a pioneer in caving and climbing. He made the first Petzl headlamp in 1981! The Ultra Rush is super-bright – cranking out 760 lumens at the top power setting for up to two hours. The second brightest setting is 430 lumens and you’ll get that level for 5 hours. That’s really bright. If you need the light just for walking, you’ll have 38 hours of juice at 65 lumens – which is more than adequate lighting. Most people who buy this light will want something SOLID, BRIGHT, and LONG BATTERY LIFE. The PDF mentions – “Excellent resistance to falls, impacts, and crushing.” Sounds good, right?

Summary

This is a top-of-the-line headlamp from one of the best manufacturers of headlamps in the world. Thousands of professional runners, climbers, and workers on oil platforms and other rigs and boats in the middle of the ocean, use the Ultra Rush. There’s a good reason for that!

Activities Petzl Ultra Rush Headlamp is Best For

  • Biking – Best on 3rd or 4th setting for lighting up the trail.
  • Camping – from low 65 lumens to 760 max, there isn’t much you couldn’t do.
  • Hunting – best on low setting, or high for spotting to 170m.
  • Skiing – on high setting, you’d have 2 hours of very bright 760 lumens!
  • Trekking – Hiking – with 2 – 38 hours battery life, you probably won’t need more than this headlamp.
  • Working – construction, boats, farm, heavy industry.

Activities Petzl Ultra Rush is Not So Good For

  • Cave exploration – spelunking – the beam is too tightly centered.
  • Running – it’s just too heavy for most people.

Petzl Ultra Rush Headlamp PROS

  • 6 Super bright LED beams
  • Round light footprint – evenly lit, biased toward center
  • Waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes
  • Great battery life for all but the highest setting (2 hours)
  • All manual settings
  • Good for almost any activity

Ultra Rush CONS

  • Not so good for runners – a bit heavy
  • Expensive – but built to last

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2. Petzl Nao+ Plus – Best Runners Headlamp in 2017 (E36AHR 2B)

Best running headlamp 2017 - Petzl Nao+ Plus
For running and active sports – you cannot beat the Petzl Nao+ Plus 750 lumens light!

If we hadn’t decided to increase the cost limit for our Top Headlamps List, the Petzl Nao+ Plus headlamp would have been our #1 Recommendation. As it is, it’s very close in capability to the Ultra Rush, but it’s lighter and has some other benefits you can find in the Pros and Cons table below. Ultra-runners and other people who are weight-sensitive and want a lightweight unit, will appreciate the Petzl Nao+ Plus headlamp without a doubt. Before buying a number of the newer headlamps for our 2017 list, I used the Petzl Nao (2) headlamp for over a year. The Nao+ Plus is the new model and they’ve increased the brightness over time, and also gave the Nao+ Bluetooth connectivity so you can create custom lighting profiles from your smartphone (Android and Apple). Petzl appears to have slightly tweaked the RLT algorithm so it nails most lighting situations, saving even more battery than the older model. New battery model is E36200 2B. If You Want a WELL-BUILT, DURABLE, BRIGHT, AUTO ADJUSTING LIGHT – the Petzl Nao+ Plus headlamp is probably for you.

Reactive Lighting Technology (RLT)

Kilian Jornet Petzl Headlamp Spokesperson
Wearing Petzl headlamps since 2010, and on the Petzl Team since 2012 – Kilian Jornet, one of the world’s very best ultra-runners.

The Petzl Nao+ line of headlamps comes with Reactive Lighting Tech which senses the environment and automatically adjusts the light beam output to match. RLT saves precious battery juice to extend battery life beyond what most headlamps can provide on just one 2600 mAh 18650 rechargeable battery.

There are dozens of climbers and running professionals on the Petzl Team, including Kilian Jornet – the world’s best ultra-runner, Tony Krupicka, and Sebastien Chaigneau. Three champions. There are 1000’s of other Petzl users, you can see them lined up at the start of every ultra race around the world that includes an overnight section. When you buy a Petzl, you’re in the company of world-class athletes.

Summary

Excellent build quality, beam shape and quality of light combined with Reactive Lighting Technology makes the Petzl Nao+ Plus one of the top headlamps in the world. All of the headlamps on this page are highly recommended for specific uses, this light covers more activities than the others. Grab One!

Activities Petzl Nao+ Plus Headlamp is Best For

  • Biking – on 3rd or 4th setting will be best results.
  • Caving – recommend you setup the MYPETZLLIGHT application in your phone and custom program the Nao+ to give the max duration of time at the brightest possible output for cave exploration / spelunking. Also recommend you bring spare batteries, and even better – a spare headlamp!
  • Camping – perfect for any need.
  • Hunting – Not great for spotting far in the distance, but for close needs – works well.
  • Running – perfect beam shape, color balance, and size of beam for trail or street running.
  • Skiing – on 3rd or 4th highest brightness setting – best results.
  • Trekking – Hiking – great for walking!
  • Anything!

Activities Petzl Ultra Rush is Not So Good For

  • Sitting on a shelf.

Petzl Nao+ Plus Headlamp PROS

  • Reactive Lighting Technology saves battery!
  • Lightweight, durable, comfortable, easy-to-Use
  • Customizable Lighting Profiles
  • Round light footprint – evenly lit, bias on center
  • Red Light on Reverse for easy visibility
  • Water resistant in heavy rain
  • Good for almost any activity

Petzl Nao+ Plus CONS

  • Max 750 lumens Only Available in RLT Mode
  • Battery replacements are expensive ($60-80)

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3. Petzl Nao (Nao 2) – Best Budget Runners Headlamp (E36 AHR)

Petzl Nao Headlamp (Nao 2) for runners or other outdoor activities.
Tried and True. The Nao 2 offers reliable performance, bright lights, and for a reasonable cost.

Over one year of use and this Nao headlamp is still cranking! I don’t notice a difference in battery life from the first day to now, I still get over 90 minutes at maximum power on manual setting. Max power with this light is probably as much as you will ever need, but the other two headlamps above put out some extra light if you need it. The Petzl Nao – we also call the ‘Nao 2’ because it’s the 2nd edition but with the same name (Nao). This headlamp is ideal for hiking, camping, running, biking, climbing trees to get coconuts, whatever you’re doing! Right now you can get this headlamp for around $135, which is a substantial discount off the price before the new model (Nao+) came out.

Best Headlamp 2016

Last year, the Petzl Nao (2) was listed as our best-rated headlamp – and it would have been the same story this year, but Petzl came out with the new Nao+ Plus, and amazing Ultra Rush, which both improve on a couple things with the Nao. The Nao was the ultimate light for me as I used it for finding venomous snakes in Thailand’s humid rainforest over 250 times in 2016 and already for 40+ time in 2017.

Then I also did some night runs at my favorite mountain trail – and at both of these activities, this Nao+ headlamp excels. If you are conflicted about which headlamp to buy – the Nao+ Plus might seem like too much money. Even the Nao, you may not be sure you want to spend that much. You may be looking at the Petzl Reactik+ or one of the other headlamps and wondering if one of them can suffice. I strongly suggest you get one of the Nao headlamps.

Summary

My advice is to just buy the Nao. It really is still my favorite because it provides everything I need, and does it daily without a problem. It’s a nice feeling to use a product for a year and never once have to worry about it working or not. Ferdnand Petzl created a company I’ve grown to love. Their products are exceptional.

Activities Petzl Nao is Best For

  • Biking – slow, not full out gonzo on the downhills. Get the Ultra Rush above for that.
  • Caving – if you need for caving, you’re better off with the Nao+ Plus above.
  • Camping – great for camping – all uses!
  • Running – light and great beam for street or trail running. Used by some top ultra trail runners in the world.
  • Skiing – not fast, but slow skiing – yes, good for this.
  • Trekking – Hiking – yes!
  • Almost anything!

Activities Petzl Nao Headlamp is Not So Good For

  • Fast activities – biking, skiing, rollerblading, skateboarding, kitesurfing, hang gliding, etc.
  • Hunting – the center beam strength is probably not enough for what most hunters would like for spotting game far off.

Petzl Nao+ Plus Headlamp PROS

  • Reactive Lighting Technology saves battery!
  • Lightweight, durable, comfortable, easy-to-Use
  • Round light footprint – evenly lit, bias slightly on center
  • Water resistant in heavy rain
  • Good for almost any activity
  • Price is dropping because new model (Nao+ Plus) is available

Petzl Nao+ Plus CONS

  • Max 575 lumens Only Available in RLT Mode
  • Battery replacements are expensive

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4. Fenix HL60R – Runner-Up Best Running Headlamp

Fenix HL60R headlamp is a great all-around headlamp from a company known for quality headlamps.
The Fenix HL60R has a very powerful beam, is lightweight, and waterproof to 2 meters.

The FX-HL60R headlamp popped up on our radar a couple of times during our search for the top headlamps of 2017. At first we glanced over it because in the past all Fenix was putting out were bad beam patterns that personally, I had no use for. Then, most of the Fenix models were using the 18650 batteries and they are very hard to get overseas. Fakes abound. I was really excited to see this headlamp has a decent beam pattern and power, lightweight, and all for a very reasonable price! The Fenix HL60R is going to be primarily for walkers or runners at night.

HL60R’s Powerful Beam and Good Battery Life

Though the beam has one shape and doesn’t offer a spotlight or true wide angle flood beam, many people will love the quality of light the Fenix HL60R puts out. The beam has a small, soft beam biased toward the center, and weak light on the sides. The beam footprint is round. Not only that, but the beam can get as bright as 920 lumens for as long as 48 minutes. Now, that’s with the supplied Fenix 18650 battery rated at 2600 mAh. There’s no reason you can’t buy additional batteries to extend the length of time you have light. For that reason, some people will find the HL60R to be the perfect light for them because it has bright light, moderate to long battery life with extras, and Fenix is a durable brand, though from China, it is a stable product that has been around for nearly 10 years now.

One problem with this light is that it gets very warm, causing foreheads to sweat. Not ideal for running, though some use it for that.

Activities Fenix HL60R Headlamp is Best For

  • Biking – ok, but tight beam. Biking slow, OK!
  • Caving – a nice wide flood light!
  • Camping – all uses!
  • Hunting – great spotting light – with a beam that will show eye shine at 300m.
  • Running – slow running, OK!
  • Trekking – Hiking – sure!
  • Almost anything!

Activities HL60R is Not So Good For

  • Seems to be capable of anything! It does get very warm, so if you’re in a hot environment, you’ll want a Petzl lamp.

Fenix HL60R Headlamp PROS

  • 950 lumens max – Super bright! + Red beams
  • Lightweight, durable, comfortable, easy-to-Use
  • Great battery life and cheap replaceable 18650s or CR123A
  • Round light footprint – slight center bias
  • Waterproof to 2 meters deep for 30 minutes
  • Good for almost any activity
  • Price is reasonable

Fenix HL60R CONS

  • Max lumens of 950 is only available for 48 minutes
  • No auto mode or custom profiles

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5. Petzl Reactik+ Plus – Best Lightweight Headlamp (E95 HMI – coral; E95 HNE – black)

Petzl Reactik+ Plus headlamp with Reactive Lighting Technology.
A great all-around light with Reactive Lighting Technology, the Petzl Reactik+ Plus is lower priced and full of technology.

We’ve used the model that came before this Reactik+ Plus and it was brilliant. This new model improves upon the Tikka RXP considerably with longer battery life times, brighter beams, and Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone – using the My Petzl Light application for Android or Apple. Beam strength in auto-mode (RLT) is 80 lumens at low, 170 on medium, and 300 lumens at the brightest. On manual mode it takes a hit, and is at 30 – 100 – 200 lumens on those settings.

Runners and Campers Rejoice

The Petzl Reactik+ Plus headlamp with Reactive Lighting Technology is ideal for runners and campers alike. It really is good in just about any situation you could think of at the campsite. Reading a book. Setting it up as a tent light hanging from the center pole. Red light for saving battery and not waking anyone up. A shaped beam which is perfect for running straight ahead or walks on trails. Great for fishing too. I can’t see any sort of down-side for either of these two uses, though trail runners might want another light that gives a bit of a wider beam to show hazards. Plenty of ultra-runners use this light too – so, it’s just a preference of mine for a wider beam like the Nao or Nao+ Plus.

Activities Petzl Reactik+ Plus is Best For

  • Biking – slow
  • Camping – all uses!
  • Running – yes, there are still ultra runners who use this light. Will need extra batteries to go all night on high power.
  • Trekking – Hiking – yes!

Activities Reactik+ Plus is Not So Good For

  • Caving – not bright enough.
  • Hunting – the center beam strength is not strong enough for spotting.
  • Skiing – beam is probably not strong enough unless skiing slowly

Petzl Reactik+ Plus Headlamp PROS

  • Reactive Lighting Technology saves battery!
  • AAA battery option with separate battery case
  • Lightweight, durable, comfortable, easy-to-Use
  • Bluetooth enabled for Custom Lighting Profiles
  • Water resistant in heavy rain
  • Good for many activities

Petzl Reactik+ Plus CONS

  • Max 315 lumens only available in RLT mode
  • Not as easy to use as Petzl Nao line
  • Light not nearly as bright as some of the other top headlamps

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6. Petzl Tikka RXP (E95 RC)

Petzl Tikka RXP headlamp with Reactive Lighting Technology is great for camping, fishing, hiking.
Great for anyone who needs a head-torch for outside sometimes – whether camping, fishing, or just walking in the backyard to take the garbage out.

Along with the Nao 2, I used the Petzl Tikka RXP headlamp on my night wildlife field herping expeditions, probably over 200 trips in a year. The quality of beam put out by this headlamp is not really close to the light from the Nao series, the Tikka has more of a person-shaped beam. They developed it this way for running because it really shows the vertical area well – and lights up the path. I wouldn’t say it’s ideal for night time wildlife tours, but for anything else related to camping, sure, you can’t go wrong with one of these, or the Reactik+ Plus headlamps.

Affordable and Moderately Bright Light

Though this headlamp is ranked 6th on our list of the Top Headlamps for 2017, it is really a nice lamp for the small amount of money you’ll pay for it in 2017. We are keeping it and will use it this year along with some of our other new lights, and we have no doubt, it will perform! If you are looking for a beginners headlamp and you don’t need it for much, maybe occasional outside walks or camping – get this one and see how it works for you. If money is no object, I’d suggest the Petzl Reactik+ Plus or the Nao+ Plus, also excellent headlamps!

Activities Petzl Tikka RXP Headlamp is Best For

  • Camping
  • Running
  • Trekking – Hiking

Activities Tikka RXP is Not So Good For

  • Biking – not bright enough for anything but very slow biking at night.
  • Caving – beam too weak.
  • Hunting – the center beam strength is not strong enough
  • Skiing – beam is not strong enough unless skiing slowly

Petzl Tikka RXP Headlamp PROS

  • Reactive Lighting Technology saves battery!
  • AAA battery option with separate battery case
  • Lightweight, durable, comfortable, easy-to-Use
  • Water resistant in heavy rain
  • Inexpensive now that the new model (Reactik+ Plus) is available

Petzl Tikka RXP CONS

  • Max 215 lumens only available in RLT mode
  • Not as easy to use as Petzl Nao line
  • Light not nearly as bright as some of the other top headlamps

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7. Fenix HP25 – Best Long-range Beam Headlamp

Fenix HP25 headlamp with strong center spot beam.
This Fenix headlamp has a center spot beam which reaches over 500 feet. Good if you need it…

With two separately controlled Cree bulbs, the Fenix HP25 has some functionality that some of the other headlamps just don’t offer. On the right side of the unit (user’s perspective) is the spotlight beam which has 3 levels of brightness. A quick half-second push turns the beam on and off with the button on the top right of the headlamp. The spotlight beam is super-strong, and stays pretty tight even at 100 meters (yards) distance.

Max distance you can see is over 550 feet. If you need to be able to spot something far away – like dogs running at you, for instance, this headlamp can be a great tool to have on your head. The left side beam is a flood – very wide, almost 180° spread. This beam has 20 brightness levels, ideal for walking or reading. The beams can be used together – really brightening up the area. Note – this beam has a strong center beam when both flood and spot are activated, it is very intense.

Separately Controlled Cree Spot and Flood Beams

Quite a few 2017 headlamps have dual and even more Cree beams to blend flood and spot to give a really nice effect. Plus, on some of the units like this Fenix HP25, the beams can be controlled separately, to give the best mix possible – all on manual settings. The manually controlled spotlight beam on the HP25 is brilliant. If you want a very strong center spotlight beam, with 3 levels, this could be your light. You can easily see well at 100 meters (yards) at the highest brightness setting. The flood beam by itself has 4 adjustable levels, and the turbo mode is good for running on a non-technical trail. Combine the two in any combination you wish – 20 settings in all.

Activities Fenix HP25 Headlamp is Best For

  • Camping – any use!
  • Hunting – 300m spotting distance
  • Running – OK, beam is tight. Other headlamps would be better.
  • Walking – great!

Activities HP25 is Not So Good For

  • Biking
  • Caving
  • Skiing

Fenix HP25 Headlamp PROS

  • Bright center beam for spotting
  • Flood and spot beams individually controllable
  • Powered by 4 AA Batteries or Rechargeable
  • Good in heavy rain
  • Price is reasonable

Fenix HP25 CONS

  • No auto-mode or Custom Profiles
  • Very bright center beam, not gradual drop-off
  • Somewhat heavy

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Headlamp Buyer’s Guide

The Technology of Headlamps

Headlamps have changed a lot since the early 1980’s when Ferdnand Petzl was making tungsten headlamps for climbing.

How to Decide Which Headlamp is Right for You?

The best way to figure out which headlamp you need as you look to purchase in 2017, is to reverse engineer it. First – figure out what activities you’ll need your light for. Camping? Non-technical trail running? Road running? Skiing? Mountain biking? Spelunking? Some people need a light for many varied uses, and there might not be a headlamp that does EVERYTHING. Which criteria are you willing to compromise on? Battery life is probably a good compromise because you can always buy more batteries. It can get expensive, but if you find a headlamp that does everything you need, but the battery life isn’t up to par – you should probably just bite the bullet and grab an extra battery too.

Beam Type – Quality and Shape of Light

What kind of beams will you need – and how bright – will be the next questions. If you’re hunting, you’ll want a strong center spotlight beam like provided on the Fenix HP25. If you will be reading at night in your tent, or want a tent light, you can be fine with the Petzl Reactik or Reactik+, or the HP25. The Nao series is best for runners and those who want a light unit with bright light for a long time – hours. If you’re exploring caves, you probably want a Nao+ or Ultra Rush – or two of them to give you redundancy so you’re not stuck without light at some point. If you want a headlamp to strap on your bike occasionally, the Ultra Rush is great for that.

What About the Shape of the Light Pattern?

You may not have even thought about it yet, but the shape of the light cast is one major factor that you’ll need to take into account when choosing your headlamp. The shape you want depends on the activity you’re doing. For looking for wildlife in the rainforest and on the road, the Nao series or the Ultra Rush works perfectly for me. The beam is bright in the center, and gradually gets lighter on the sides. The beams have a nice width to them. The Petzl Reactik+ beam is vertically oriented a lot more than the other headlamps. It’s for running short distances at night – and gives nice coverage of the area in front of you, but little coverage of the sides – where you don’t need it so much.

The Fenix HP25 gives a great wide flood and a very tight center spotlight beam. The reason the Ultra Rush got our top beam of 2017 is because it has 6 LEDs which are finely tuned to give a really nice quality of light – it lights up the area in front of you brilliantly. It doesn’t cover very wide, and nor does it make the center too bright. It’s just a nice implementation of a lot of light looking generally forward – and it’s great for most applications.

Maximum Brightness Levels:

  • Fenix HL60R – 950 lumens for 48 minutes. Very tight beam though!
  • Fenix HP25 – 360 lumens for 90 minutes.
  • Petzl Reactik+– 300 lumens on auto-mode (brief bursts) and 200 lumens for .
  • Petzl Tikka RXP – 220 lumens on auto-mode (brief) and 170 lumens for .
  • Petzl Nao (2) – 575 lumens on auto-mode (brief) and 330 lumens for 100 minutes.
  • Petzl Nao+ Plus– 750 lumens on auto-mode (brief) and 430 lumens for 120 minutes.
  • Petzl Ultra Rush – 760 lumens for 120 minutes or 420 lumens for 300 minutes. BEST BEAM SHAPE AND QUALITY, BY FAR. Highest price too! I have one of these, and love it so much, I just ordered 2 more!

Reactive Lighting?

Do you need really long battery life, and are you willing to sacrifice a light pattern with constant brightness level? The Reactive Lighting Technology by Petzl was created to save battery and provide great lighting when you need it. Petzl has definitely succeeded – and their lights with RLT are definitely some of the best on the market. Personally, we feel they are the gold standard by which we judge other headlamps. RLT is not a gimmick, it works for most activities.

Three Headlamps with Reactive Lighting Technology:

Batteries – Many Options

If you’re going on an extended trek across mountains in Nepal or the Rockies, you’ll want to have either an excellent solar charger to charge your batteries, or you’ll want to stock up on AA or AAA batteries to provide you ample light over that long time-frame. Here are the battery options for the top headlamps listed above:

  • Fenix HL60R – One Fenix 18650 rechargeable battery, or two CR123A store-bought batteries.
  • Fenix HP25 – Four AA batteries – store-bought or rechargeable.
  • Petzl Reactik+– One proprietary rechargeable lithium-ion, with optional AAA battery pack.
  • Petzl Tikka RXP – One proprietary rechargeable 1800 mAh lithium-ion, with optional AAA battery pack.
  • Petzl Nao (2) – One proprietary rechargeable lithium-ion 18650 battery. Can take optional AAA batteries for emergency lighting (reduced brightness).
  • Petzl Nao+ Plus– One proprietary rechargeable lithium-ion 18650 battery.
  • Petzl Ultra Rush – One proprietary rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack with two 2600 mAh 18650 batteries.

See Our Headlamp Battery Replacements List HERE >

Waterproof Rating

Headlamps are not really made for underwater use, though of course there are diving lights that can be used for that purpose. Headlamps maximum water resistance is at a depth of around 2 meters for 30 minutes. Any of the headlamps above will do well in a hard rain. Here’s the ratings…

  • Fenix HL60R – IP 8. Two meters deep for 30 minutes.
  • Fenix HP25 – IP X6. Powerful water jets for 3 minutes. (Very hard rain for 30+ mins.!)
  • Petzl Reactik+– IP X4. Hard rain splashing for 10 minutes.
  • Petzl Tikka RXP – IP X4. Hard rain splashing for 10 minutes.
  • Petzl Nao (2) – IP X4. Hard rain splashing for 10 minutes.
  • Petzl Nao+ Plus– IP X4. One proprietary rechargeable lithium-ion 18650 battery.
  • Petzl Ultra Rush – IP 67. One meter deep for 30 minutes.

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